24th March 2017
Alpine Works champions technology-based teamwork
Management team collaborates using new Microsoft workspace
In November 2016, Microsoft announced Microsoft Teams, the new chat-based workspace in Office 365. Microsoft Teams is an entirely new experience that brings together people, conversations and content – along with the tools that teams need – so they can easily collaborate to achieve more, especially when working remotely or on client sites.
The technology has only been generally available since early this year, so Alpine Works Limited (AWL) is very much an early adopter. “We have found this new application really useful to support weekly team meetings amongst our senior team, irrespective of where they are working” said John Robinson, AWL’s Contracts Director and in-house technology advocate. “We use a team workspace to make available all the content and tools that we need – and because it has built-in access to Skype for Business, we can incorporate live video calling, as well as access documents from our SharePoint library. It has improved communication across departments and between individuals – and the time savings (especially in travel) when dealing with internal or client issues have been immeasurable!”
AWL now increasingly deals with documentation and approvals processes online, as well as training, where online training now targets specific individuals’ and groups’ requirements. Above all, the sharing of information and ideas has improved productivity – and reduced the email overload.
Questioned on whether AWL was likely to use the software for collaboration with clients as well, John replied that he could definitely see the potential. “MS Teams encrypts data at all times, and includes multi-factor authentication to enhance identity protection, so it is a very secure system”, he said. “We understand that Microsoft is committed to delivering external guest access by June 2017, so we will look forward to seeing how this works out.” John concluded: “In a competitive market, making greater use of technology is essential to deliver better, more responsive services to our clients. We are definitely keen to exploit all new opportunities!”
1st October 2016
“Into the space age” at the Royal Free Hospital
Keeping pace with possibilities, with a new electrical infrastructure from Alpine Works
1828 was an eventful year. London Zoo opened, the Duke of Wellington became Prime Minister and the trial of murderers and body snatchers William Burke and William Hare began. And in this year, what was to become The Royal Free Hospital was founded by Dr William Marsden; to provide free healthcare to those who could not afford medical treatment. At that time, gas lighting had not long been invented, electricity supplies were nearly a century away – and even the first anaesthetic was nearly 20 years off. So, despite the hospital’s pioneering ethos, emergency treatment in 1828 was not something anyone wanted to undergo.
How different things are today! One thing that no hospital can afford to be without is a reliable technology infrastructure to support all its 21st century services – especially in Accident and Emergency. Alpine Works Limited (AWL) is currently supporting Logan Construction (as Principal Contractor) with a 20-month complete electrical refurbishment of the Royal Free’s A&E and Assessment Department in Hampstead.
Doug Ansbro, AWL’s Contracts Director & Technical Manager, described how treatment areas being worked on include the emergency imaging diagnostics suites, resuscitation suites, major and minor injuries facilities – as well as the main reception and waiting areas.
“Works entail the installation of mains and sub-mains infrastructure, uninterruptable (UPS) and isolated power supply (IPS) systems”, he said, “as well as medical earthing, security and fire systems, data cabling, intercoms, panic alarms, nurse call systems and hearing loops”.
In the field of lighting, he explained that AWL would be installing new lighting controls, Circadian Lighting systems and specialist examination lighting, as well as general and emergency lighting. “Circadian lighting is particularly interesting”, said Doug. “Research suggests that blue-rich light at night (from glowing screens and other sources) can have serious health implications. Circadian lighting mimics natural daylight – and doctors are evaluating whether it can help patients reduce hospital stay times. NASA is even studying its effects in the International Space Station”, he added.
From gaslight to the space age, what is possible in hospitals has come a long way. AWL will help them ensure that their infrastructure keeps pace with those possibilities.
6th September 2016
Alpine Works celebrates new ISO standard award
Environmental and Quality accreditations now upgraded to latest editions
Surrey-based Alpine Works Limited (AWL) is celebrating the latest endorsement of its quality-focused operation. Following 2013’s award of ISO 9001 for its Quality Management system, it has now renewed its accreditation to the latest standard, which took effect in September 2015.
Managing Director John Coleman, personally responsible for AWL’s quality management policy and procedures, welcomed the new standards. “Our ISO 9001 certification has always demonstrated our commitment to excellence”, he said, “but we found that the new version puts greater emphasis on leadership – and on addressing organisational risks and opportunities in a more structured manner, too. In addition, it focuses more on how we manage our supply chain, which is something that’s always scrutinised by our clients”.
The Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycle is the operating principle of all ISO management systems standards, including ISO 9001. “What we have also discovered is that the new standard is even more closely aligned to this cycle”, added John. “It really is focused on making sure that organisations are focused on the continuous and systematic improvement of their processes, which is exactly how we approach our business”.
John Coleman concluded: “We are delighted to have been successful in renewing our accreditation, which will give our clients the assurance that rigorous standards are fundamental to the way we work.”
6th April 2016
Fire Industry Association welcomes Alpine Works as latest member
Alpine Works “proud to join the largest fire protection trade association in the UK”
With over 700 members, the Fire Industry Association (FIA) represents a significant proportion of the industry and is a major provider of fire safety training, with a mission to promote, improve and perfect fire protection methods, devices, services and apparatus.
So, when Alpine Works Ltd (AWL) was approached by the FIA to become a member, it was not an invitation to refuse. “We have been accredited by BAFE (British Approvals for Fire Equipment) for some time now, for the design, installation and maintenance of emergency lighting systems”, said John Coleman, Managing Director of AWL, “so membership of the FIA was a welcome next step”. “We recognise that the FIA is the largest fire protection trade association in the UK”, he added – “so we are very proud to become a member – it’s a real testament to our capabilities in this field”.
To complement its emergency lighting expertise, AWL can support its clients with a complete range of fire protection services, from the initial design through the entire process: installation and commissioning, testing, client training and handover. That’s in addition to ongoing service and maintenance of fire alarm systems, gas extinguishing systems, portable extinguishers, dry risers and associated equipment. “After all,” said John, “emergency lighting will help you evacuate a building if a fire breaks out, but if you don’t have safe, reliable fire protection systems in place, you’re only dealing with one half of the issue”.
“The FIA does not allow just anyone to become a member”, he concluded. “Credibility, a reputation for high quality and second-to-none service are what FIA members are about, so we are very happy to be on board.”
24th February 2016
Alpine Works signs contract for continuing emergency lighting support at UCL
“A proven partner that helps us maintain the highest standards” says UCL Facilities Director
“The most exciting aspect of any contractual relationship is being able to deliver continuing customer satisfaction.” So said John Coleman, Managing Director of Alpine Works Ltd (AWL) at a contract signing ceremony with University College London on 19th February. The Surrey-based contractor is now confirmed as the supplier for all testing and maintenance of emergency lighting on UCL’s 225-plus building estate until 31st October 2019.
Geoff Prudence, Director of Facilities and Infrastructure for UCL, welcomed the support provided by Alpine Works. “Safety and compliance is very important to us”, he said “and with our growing estate as well as ongoing project works, making sure that every building complies with legal requirements is essential. Alpine Works is a proven partner in helping us maintain the very highest health and safety standards”.
John Coleman hailed the new contract. “Having worked on this campus since 2002, we are delighted with this vote of confidence in our service. We look forward to continuing to work with UCL in the coming years.”
18th September 2015
Ronald McDonald House Annual Golf Day
Kingswood Golf and Country Club
It was with great pleasure that Alpine Works were able to participate in the Ronald McDonald / Guys & St Thomas’ Golf Day this year. The charity is for homes associated with local hospitals to offer support in the form of accommodation for families and parents when their sick children are hospitalised.
This year’s event raised a staggering £9500 and all at Alpine Works were glad to be able to contribute to this great occasion.
Alpine Works were able to enter two teams consisting of staff, guests and suppliers. One of the guests were Logan Construction who currently work at Guys & St Thomas’ hospital. With one of Alpine’s Managers having spent time at the House when his son was rushed to hospital 9 years ago, it is understandably fitting to support this cause.
Funds raised from this event will go towards the building of a new House closer to St Thomas’ and Evelina Children’s Hospital which is already underway.
21st July 2015
Alpine Works Ltd supports Celebrity Golf Day for Harefield Hospital
Charity event marks one hundred years of world-leading heart hospital
Eighties pop star Shakin’ Stevens may have sung about ‘The Green Door’, but on 9th July he joined sponsors Alpine Works Ltd on the green, supporting Denham Golf Club’s Harefield Hospital Centenary appeal.
The third annual charity golf day also saw comedian Bobby Davro join forces with electrical contractors Alpine Works Ltd and other sponsors to help raise funds in Harefield’s centenary year. The world-famous hospital first opened its doors to injured Australian servicemen in 1915.
Alpine Works Technical Support Manager Dough Ansbro, who was partnered by Health & Safety Manager Jon Elborn at the event, said: “We are here for a simple reason – our company has grown exceptionally over the last year: and all of us want to take the opportunity to put something back.
“The work that Harefield does is world-renowned, but advances in technology demand huge investment. We are delighted to do our little bit to help the hospital in its mission: to treat and beat heart and lung disease.”
Funds raised from sponsors and the charity auction this year will go towards the building of Harefield’s new Intensive Care Unit and with planning permission granted, the hospital is now on countdown to the work starting. The attached pictures show Doug and Jon on the green at Denham Golf Club.
15th July 2015
Alpine Works is ECA ‘Contractor of the Year’, 2015
“Quality is everything” says MD as Alpine Works scoops prestigious award
“It’s your chance to demonstrate that your business is among the best in the sector”: that was the Electrical Contractors’ Association’s message to its members in the run-up to the 2015 awards. Winner of the £5m-£20m turnover category was the Surrey-based contractor Alpine Works Ltd (AWL).
The 2015 ECA Annual Awards, held as part of the ‘Electric Event’ Conference Gala Dinner at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in Westminster, recognise ECA member companies who have demonstrated the highest standards of service and innovation over previous 12 months.
Company founder and Managing Director John Coleman hailed AWL’s continual quality focus as the overwhelming factor behind their success. “It’s a fantastic endorsement of our strategy and a tribute to our people”, he said. “The pursuit of quality, on the part of all of our employees, is unyielding”. Without it, he added, endorsements by major customers would not have been possible. These included:
- The Royal Free Hospital, where AWL’s support at the height of the Ebola crisis enabled them to expand their High Level Isolation Unit within six weeks, providing a complete electrical installation in an environmentally-controlled system.
- University College London, where series of significant projects at UCL led to a major five-year contract for all the emergency lighting, testing and maintenance for the University’s 200-plus building portfolio.
AWL’s processes and infrastructure were also instrumental in qualifying them for the award: from their team-working approach and rigorous selection procedures for subcontractors, to the support infrastructure that helps them deliver outstanding customer service: all hailed as examples of a modern, efficient organisation.
ECA Group CEO Steve Bratt said: “Alpine Works Ltd has done exceptionally well over the last year. They have delivered an impressive range of installation and maintenance projects, and shown ‘double digit’ growth in turnover in 2014, an exceptional result at a time when the market was still suffering from the impact of the recession. Congratulations on their award win and their success over the last 12 months.”
The attached picture shows the AWL team receiving the award at the QEII Conference Centre.
11th July 2015
Alpine Works Ltd supports Ewell Village Fair
Dancing in the street at this year’s event
Ewell’s annual Village Fair was held on Saturday 11th July and once again the Ewell Village Traders’ Association (EVTA) joined forces with St Mary’s church and other organisations to support the event. Electrical contractors Alpine Works Ltd were not going to be left out when it came to getting into the festival spirit!
The EVTA was formed in 2013 to promote and showcase the village and support charitable events and offer businesses the chance to attract shoppers and promote themselves, too. Alpine Works, part of the Surrey business community since 2002 but newcomers to Ewell this year, welcomed the chance to get involved. As well as the traditional village fair stalls held in Ewell Castle School’s Glyn House Grounds, the theme on the High Street this year was “dancing in the street’, with Morris Men entertaining the crowds and a local fitness centre giving a Zumba dance fitness demo in the afternoon.
Alpine Works managing Director John Colman, who choreographed Alpine Works’ move from Sutton to Ewell earlier this year, said: “We were delighted to support this fun day out and show our support for the local community”. The Alpine Works team provided a demonstration showing off the latest LED lighting technology
Money raised from the fair helps maintain Ewell’s beautiful St Mary’s church and churchyard and supports everything that St Mary’s does in Ewell. The attached pictures show John with fair goers outside Alpine’s new premises on the High Street.
1st June 2015
Alpine Works opens new offices in Ewell
Growing business made a new base essential, says founder
Leading Surrey-based electrical and mechanical contractor has announced the opening of its new offices in Ewell, Surrey, having outgrown its previous base in Sutton. Company founder and Managing Director John Coleman said the move had been fuelled by Alpine’s rapid expansion over the last 24 months – and by the recognition that their previous base no longer offered the facilities they needed to support the business effectively.
He added: “Having taken on significant new business in the last year, we really needed the extra space, both for our staff and for somewhere where we can welcome our clients too. Not only are our energy-efficient offices a great shop front for the business we are in, but Ewell was a practical choice too. It is well located with good transport links; and it helps our sales and support staff to provide a more effective service to our growing client base in the south east of England.”
Over the last 24 monthsAlpine’s revenues have grown by over 50% to c. £6.5 million, both as a result of incremental growth with existing clients and significant new business; including a five-year emergency lighting contract signed in 2014 with University College London.
John Coleman concluded “Our strategy from here is simple: getting closer to our customers and closer to new opportunities, especially in the healthcare and education sectors, where our experience is significant. We’ll continue to look for ways to expand our footprint, and develop new trusted relationships in the markets we serve.”
The attached pictures show the new HQ’s welcoming reception area, modern office and meeting facilities.
15th December 2014
Alpine Works wins UCL emergency lighting contract
“This recognises our commitment to excellence” says Surrey contractor
“One of the best tenders we’ve seen” and “a benchmark for others to follow” were two of the accolades received by Surrey-based electrical contractor Alpine Works Limited, following the award by University College London of a contract for all its emergency lighting testing and maintenance.
Alpine Works has repaired all UCL’s automated emergency lighting testing systems over the last two years and has also undertaken compliance testing on all its sites, so it could have been seen as the logical choice for the extended service. But experience was not enough – it had to be competitive, too. It was only after a rigorous tender exercise that Alpine Works was selected to provide support for the University’s 200-plus building portfolio until November 2019.
UCL Service Manager Brett Cairns commented:
“The safety of our staff and students is something we take very seriously – and over such a large estate, our emergency lighting is of vital importance. We are delighted that Alpine Works submitted a successful tender and have every confidence that they will help us build a reputation for safety that is second to none”.
Managing Director John Coleman welcomed the announcement. Noting that quality and service delivery had been two important tender assessment criteria, he added:
“This contract award recognises not just our capability and capacity, but our commitment to excellence, too: the skills and capability of our qualified and experienced team. We are excited to extend our relationship with UCL and to help them achieve their objectives.”
‘Fantastic year’ for Alpine Works
Electrical contractor publishes ‘excellent’ results
Alpine Works Limited has marked the end of its financial year with turnover up 14% on last year and nearly 50% on two years ago. It marks further success for the Surrey-based electrical contractor, which has seen a continued growth in both its existing contract base and its future pipeline.
Reviewing the results, Managing Director John Coleman remarked: “It has been a fantastic year for us. Following a tremendous performance by our whole team, in particular significant new business with our construction partners, these excellent results mark another year of steady growth, accompanied by continued excellent client satisfaction.”
The results, he added, would allow the management to make further investments in the business and target future growth.
30th May 2014
Alpine Works celebrates its ‘triple crown’ of ISO certifications
Health & Safety and Environmental accolades added to existing Quality Management recognition
It has been a busy year for Surrey-based Alpine Works Limited, which is celebrating the latest endorsement of its quality-focused operation. Following last year’s ISO 9001 award for its Quality Management system, this summer has brought recognition for its Health and Safety Management and Environmental Management systems, too. It has now achieved the following awards:
• ISO 9001: 2008 for its Quality Management System • ISO 14001: 2004 for its Environmental Management System • OHSAS 18001: 2007 for its Occupational Health and Safety Management System
Managing Director John Coleman commented: “Following rigorous assessment by BSI, we are delighted to have been awarded certificates of compliance with ISO 14001 and BS OHSAS 18001. Coming on top of our ISO 9001 certification, these demonstrate our commitment to excellence – and give our clients the assurance that both the safety of our operations and our commitment to improving environmental performance are fundamental to the way that we work.”
Alex Sykes, Environmental and Sustainability Manager, agreed – commenting: “The ISO 14001 accreditation will help us not only with our internal good practice, but will help us maximise the sustainability of our clients’ operations.”
Health & Safety Manager John Elborn added: “Gaining BS OHSAS 18001 as well was the ‘triple crown’ for me. It proves we have passed the ultimate test in health and safety practice, which will help us minimise operating costs, while ensuring the best working standards for both our staff and our clients.”
31st July 2014
Protecting our heritage
Alpine Works installs emergency lighting at the British Museum
If you plan to visit the British Museum this year, spare a thought to what might happen if the lights went out, in an emergency situation. That could be quite a daunting prospect – but according to emergency lighting contractor Alpine Works Limited (AWL), you’ll be in safe hands.
In January 2014, the Museum, which was the first public building in the UK to be electrically lit,awarded AWL a contract to update the emergency lighting in several important spaces. Supporting a wider programme of new fire detection and fire voice alarm systems, AWL has now installed new lighting in the Assyrian Gallery, the Greek Vases Gallery and the Old Lecture Theatre Foyer – amongst various other rooms. The project also included the provision of a new general lighting installation in the Greek Vases Gallery.
AWL’s Managing Director John Coleman commented “We were delighted to be asked to help the British Museum become not just one of the most interesting visitor attractions in London, but one of the safest, too.”
The work was completed in August 2014 http://www.britishmuseum.org/about_us/the_museums_story/architecture.aspx